I hope the question is within the rules. I have problems understanding the Growl concept! Actually they answer the most basic question nowhere: Why do I need Growl?
Why would I ask this? Because I consider that most applications already have notifications, especially IM messengers like Pidgin! lol So I feel a bit dumb and confused and before I take the seemingly huge effort (seems it was developed by Nerds using Macs...) to install and configure it, I want to understand why I need an additional "round" of notifications (or get the internal notifications replaced?)?
I mean, does it do anything than "beautify" the whole process? I don't need a (pseudo) standardized set of notifications, I don't need to "customize" my notifications towards my "desktop / Windows theme" or anything like that, I just need stuff that actually brings plain, basic, straight to the point benefits!
So the question is, if Growl can deliver or not - and why it is so popular? There seem to be several plugins (needed?!), while the last time I (admittedly already did!) try Growl some years (?) ago on Windows, it was constantly crashing and simply not working to such an extent I could only uninstall it.
By the way, I am using Win7 x64 Professional SP1, in case this is an issue too. ;)
Thanks for your explanations in advance!